Charger football team looking to build off of first win

Tyarese Freeman, Staff writer

Following a near-win on Opening Night, the St. Joseph High School football team suffered through a rough couple of weeks prior to winning the first game of the Adam Polak era on Sept. 29 by a 34-12 over DePaul Prep.

After a season-opening 19-12 loss in which the Chargers held a second-half lead, they endured a rough patch that saw them get outscored 179-24 in losses to St. Laurence, St. Ignatius, Montini and Leo. The last of those contests, against Leo, was on Homecoming on Sept. 21.

In the Leo game, the Chargers held an early 8-0 lead and trailed 12-8 at halftime. Late in the third quarter, they pulled within 22-18, but a late score by the Lions spoiled the Chargers Homecoming and dropped them to 0-5 on the year.

However, a week later, the Chargers bounced back with a convincing 22-point win at DePaul to get first-year coach Polak his first varsity win as head coach.

Leading the way for the Chargers this year have been senior quarterback Caleb Haden, senior running back Aamir Burgie, senior D-men Anthony Brown, Antonio Hardaway and Zuriel Mason. That core has provided the Chargers with most of their big plays this year.

Senior wide receiver Brandon Pickett has also had a nice season to date, with junior Trazhon Tims making solid contributions. Fellow junior Eduardo Barriga has been a big presence on defense making some bone-jarring hits.

Up next for the Chargers are two home games, beginning with Oct. 5 against 4-2 Chicago Christian. Game time is 7:30 p.m. at Elmhurst College. Next Friday, Oct. 12, the Chargers will host 4-2 Hope Academy, also a 7:30 p.m. start at Elmhurst College.